Robinson Rubber Products Co., Inc, a Minnesota based company that designs, develops and manufactures custom-molded rubber products and extruded rubber products for original equipment manufacturers and industrial companies worldwide, has received the Manufacturer of the Year 2009 award from the Manufacturers Alliance.

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Minneapolis, MN – Robinson Rubber Products Co., Inc, a company that specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of custom rubber formulations and rubber products for industrial companies worldwide, announced that they have been named the Manufacturer of the Year 2009, in the small size company category, by the Manufacturers Alliance.

Manufacturers Alliance is an organization that provides peer-to-peer training, education, and resources which allow Minnesota-based member manufacturers to continuously grow, improve, and stay competitive.  This prestigious award is presented to Minnesota manufacturing companies that demonstrate exemplary efforts in continuous improvement and their willingness to share learning experiences.

Robinson Rubber has been a member of Manufacturers Alliance since 2006 and has been very active in the learning, implementation, and the sharing of best manufacturing practices.  Such practices include adoption of lean manufacturing principles, use of design of experiments, and statistical process control to reduce manufacturing variance and improve product quality.

“This award is a nice reflection on the quality of our team and our efforts.”  Said Jay Beck, President of Robinson Rubber.  “Over the past 5 years, we have worked extensively to improve our manufacturing processes, with a particular emphasis in lean manufacturing principles.  I could not be happier with the speed of our improvements, nor prouder of our team.  Some of our efforts and results have even received national attention from statistical process control experts.”

Robinson Rubber is not an ordinary company when it comes to rubber manufacturing.  Their ability to custom formulate rubber to meet exact requirements for even the most challenging applications makes them a leader in the rubber material industry.  Their expertise of rubber formulation, combined with their knowledge of statistical techniques, helps create innovative and robust solutions for their customers across a wide variety of industries.

The award was presented on Thursday, April 9th at the annual Award Ceremony of the Manufacturers Alliance, held in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  An engraved crystal award trophy, as well as a certificate of recognition from the office of Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota, were presented by Art Sneen, President of the Manufacturers Alliance, and by Diane Knutson, from the Department of Employment and Economic Development of the State of Minnesota.

Robinson Rubber is a privately owned company located in Minneapolis Minnesota.  Robinson Rubber specializes in custom rubber formulation, custom molded rubber products and extruded rubber products used by OEM’s and industrial companies.  Their contains valuable technical information on designing and material selection to meet specified rubber performance characteristics.